About This Course
This five-part online course offers a "learn anytime" and "at your own pace" professional learning experience focusing on why and how to build effective Text Sets. As you work through the course, you'll have the information you need to design sets of mixed-media texts that build on your current curriculum and fit YOUR needs with YOUR students. Text Sets are appropriate for teachers of all subjects and grade levels and are meant to be text groupings, strategies, and supports that can be customized to meet the unique needs of the students in your classroom.
The information and strategies shared in the course were created to address the three shifts in the standards for ELA: (1) providing students with regular practice with complex text and their academic language, (2) reading, writing, and speaking grounded in evidence from texts, both literary and informational, and (3) building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction. The learning involved in Text Set development incorporates the shifts in a purposeful way, so teachers in the Kentucky Standards Advocate Network worked with Student Achievement Partners and resources from Achieve the Core to develop and deliver the training content. Teachers from around the state have worked through the training and created Text Sets that we have published on our webpage, Kentucky Text Sets.
When you enroll in this course, all the resources you need to develop your own Text Set, Book Basket, or Expert Pack will be available to you. After working through the training modules, upload your completed Text Set template, and as soon as it is vetted by one of the instructors, you will receive a Text Set Design microcredential certificate.
You may earn hours for completion of individual modules (from 0.5 - 3 hours) and 18 hours for submitting a completed text set. Certificates of completion will be sent as you complete modules, so you may earn "partial credit" if you do not complete your text set.
Module 1: Introduction to Text Complexity (0.5 hrs)
Module 2: Evaluating Text Complexity (0.5 hrs)
Module 3 Part 1 and Part 2: Helping Students Access Complex Text (1 hr)
Module 4: Locating Appropriately Complex Text (0.5 hrs)
Module 5: Effective Text Set Design
(0.5 hr webcast + 18 hrs text set work)
Total: 21 hrs
Meet the Instructors